From the Publisher’s Desk
Aasalamu Alaikum
In recent years, the Mediterranean diet has been gaining traction as a more widespread, accepted
lifestyle choice, and for good reason. The diet promotes a spectrum of health benefits, ranging from
digestion to heart health.
According to UNESCO, the Mediterranean diet constitutes a set of skills, knowledge, practices and traditions rang-
ing from the landscape to the table, including the crops, harvesting, fishing, conservation, processing, preparation
and, particularly, consumption of food. The Mediterranean diet is characterized by a nutritional model that has
remained constant over time and space, consisting mainly of olive oil, cereals, fresh and dried fruit and vegeta-
bles, a moderate amount of fish, dairy and meat, and many condiments and spices.
Mediterranean cultures, be they Southern European, North African or Middle Eastern, always respected the beliefs
of each community, closely adhering to the cultural and religious values. In the USA, most cultures have become
intertwined and morphed into what may be considered American culture; however the cultural cuisines of each
Mediterranean region persist.
At IFANCA, part of our mission is to promote healthy halal nutrition, and the Mediterranean diet is one way Muslim
consumers can achieve that. In this issue of Halal Consumer Magazine, we bring you several articles about the
Mediterranean diet, a number of recipes from Morocco and a table spread from Middle East, practicing halal and
healthy diet and life style.
In the USA, the high consumption of meat and dairy products has been associated with higher risk levels for
health and increased mortality. Risk factors, like high cholesterol and, high blood pressure may be managed bet-
ter with a diet containing primarily fruits and vegetables, fish, nuts, olives and olive oil. An added advantage of a
Mediterranean diet to a discerning halal consumer is that they do not have to contend with problems associated with
the availability of genuinely halal meat and poultry. Fish, fruits and vegetables are naturally halal and healthy.
Muhammad Munir Chaudry
The advertisements in Halal Consumer magazine do not necessarily imply endorsement or halal certification by IFANCA. Please
to verify halal certification by IFANCA. None of the health-related information contained here should be used in lieu of medical
advice nor should it be used without consulting a physician first. Halal Consumer magazine, its writers and editors, its parent organization IFANCA,
IFANCA’s board of directors, and its employees and consultants are not liable for any actions taken by individuals or groups based on the information,
including recipes, presented here.
Spring 2013
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